Review – Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth #40

sweettooth40coverFINALI never read an issue of Sweet Tooth, Jeff Lemire‘s highly praised Vertigo series. I found on my doorstep the final issue of the series which hits shelves this week. I was worried. How could I enjoy a final issue of a series not having read the previous thirty nine? The answer is easily. The final issue is fantastic, living up to the positive word of mouth reviews I heard about the series previously.

This is what the series is about:

Gus, a rare breed of human/animal hybrid children, had been raised in isolation following an inexplicable pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, with the death of his father he’s left to fend for himself…. until he meets a hulking drifter named Jepperd who promises to help him. Jepperd and Gus set out on a post-apocalyptic journey into the devastated American landscape to find ‘the Preserve’, a refuge for hybrids.

This final issue wraps all that up. No idea how well, but I can only judge what I’ve read. This finally issue though, is amazing. I teared up at the end. I never read a single issue before this and I teared up. There’s that much emotion written in. It might be the ending of the series, but it’s a stand alone issue, anyone can hop in and read it.

Is the end predictable, sure it is. But, it still had emotional depth that most comics today lack.

This final issue is fantastic and how it ended, I could tell was a fitting end. Now I need to do myself a favor and go back to see what I missed.

Story and Art: Jeff Lemire

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Vertigo provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review